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Weather across the nation: 11/16/12

6:16 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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The West saw and active weather day, while most of the East remained quiet and dry on Friday.

A low pressure system off the coast of California advanced eastward and farther onshore throughout the day. This pulled abundant moisture in from the Pacific Ocean and allowed for scattered rain showers to spread from southern California into central and northern California.

Moisture from this system reached inland and brought a few snow showers to the Sierras. Snow levels dropped to 7,000 feet, with snowfall accumulations from 2 to 5 inches in these areas. Rainfall totals at lower levels remained less than a half of an inch. At the same time in the north, a strong low pressure system continued to drop southward from the Gulf of Alaska.

Flow around this system pushed a front into the Pacific Northwest, which triggered light rain and high elevation snow showers across western Oregon and Washington.

Meanwhile in the East, dry and cool conditions prevailed as high pressure covered the Plains and Eastern Valleys. High temperatures remained in the 30s and 40s in the North, while the Southeast saw highs in the 50s and 60s. Farther south, a frontal boundary lingered over Florida and the Bahamas and kicked up a few more light showers and thunderstorms.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................78 Hollywood, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Keahole Point, Hawaii

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................6 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-47 Eagle, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................52 Sand Point, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.17 Ketchikan, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane warnings were in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on this date in 1999 as Hurricane Lenny threatened the islands. Lenny packed winds of 115 mph and was not only unusual because it was so late in the season. It was also unusual because it moved west to east across the Caribbean, making it the first hurricane to approach Puerto Rico from the west.

The Associated Press

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